The Lance-tipped darner is found throughout Minnesota. Because of its size, color, and the general shape of its thoracic stripes It can easily be confused with a number of other darner species. The Lance-tipped Darner and Shadow Darner are the only Minnesota darners with a spike on their claspers
Shadow Darner: The Lance-tipped Darner and Shadow Darner are the only two Darners in Minnesota that have a spike extending from the cerci of the male's claspers. The Shadow Darner is typically a bit larger but this is usually only noticeable in a side by side comparison. Shadow Darners are typically found in dark shadowed habitats where Lance-tipped Darners prefer the sun.
Green-striped Darner: Lance-tipped Darners are typically slightly smaller than Green-striped Darners but this is usually only noticeable in a side by side comparison. With a variety of different colored forms and similar shaped thoracic stripes it is difficult to distinguish between the two species especially in flight or from a distance.
Canada Darner: Lance-tipped Darners and Canada Darners are about the same size. With a variety of different colored forms and similar shaped thoracic stripes it is difficult to distinguish between the two species especially in flight or from a distance.
Like most Darners the Lance-tipped Darner is a strong active flier. Typically males patrol the shoreline flying until dawn when they often join mixed species feeding swarms. Females look much like males and can also often be seen flying over the water. When at rest Lance-tipped Darners prefer to perch in tall grass in comparison to other darners that prefer tree trunks.
Marshy ponds, small lakes with marshy shorelines, and bog pools
Copulation typically occurs in low vegetation near the water. The females oviposits eggs one at a time in the stems of aquatic vegetation such as cattails and sweet flag. Eggs are often laid as high as three feet above the water at breeding ponds that dry up many years.
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